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Helen LaVerne Parchman Kalala

Obituary for Helen LaVerne Parchman Kalala

December 1, 1925 - September 3, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92

... lived a full, active, remarkable life ...


Helen LaVerne Parchman Kalala passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 3, 2018, at St. Francis Nursing in San Antonio, Texas.

Helen was born December 1, 1925 to David Marion Parchman and Helen Berniece Lockwood in Calliham, Texas. Helen graduated from Rosenberg High School 1943 and Durham Business College Executive Secretarial 1944. Ended up working in San Antonio Texas where she met Martin Stephen Kalala. They were married May 22, 1956 at Brooks AFB, Texas.

Helen is survived by her step-son William Martin Kalala and daughter-in-law Antoinette Lyssy Kalala; granddaughter Stacie Marie Kalala; nieces Dee (Gerard Jr.) Troy, Karen Parchman; nephew Eugene (Martha) Parchman; sister-in-law Sidonia Parchman. Longtime friend Audrey Vinyard and daughters, Pamela, Terri, and Valerie. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin Kalala in 1986; Father David M. Parchman in 1992; Mother Berniece Parchman in 1999; siblings Eugene Parchman, Lillian Dorrian, and Charles Ray Parchman, and her cat Kati Marie.

Helen lived a full, active, remarkable life. Although she did not have any children of her own, she was like a mother to her nieces, nephews, and longtime friends' children. Martin and Helen loved to entertain family and friends with their backyard BBQ's. Bowling was their 1st life and fishing was their 2ndlife. She enjoyed creating beautiful things with her hands, such as painting, sewing and crafts. Helen was an avid reader and had an extensive library of books. Crossword puzzles were a breeze for her.
Helen received the Texas Women's Bowling Association Service Award in 1985. Served the San Antonio Women's Bowling Association as a board member for 25+ years retiring in 1993 as 1st Vice President. Was inducted into the San Antonio Bowling Hall of Fame in 1994. Was made a Life Member of the San Antonio Women's Bowling Association in 2004. Bowled in 42 State Bowling Tournaments and 40 National Bowling Tournaments with over 32 years sponsored by Porter Loring Mortuary in both State and National. Also served as delegate to both organizations for over 33 years retiring from traveling tournaments in 2006. She was also a member of the Blessed Sacrament VSP (Very Special People) elite group having lunch, playing Dominoes, going on trips to Las Vegas and a longtime member of the Altar Society. She also belonged to 2 different Buncos Clubs.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many and will be dearly missed.

A visitation will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church at 11:00 am September 12, 2018, Rosary recited at 11:30 am, followed by Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon. Burial 2:00 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Blessed Sacrament Altar Society, 600 Oblate, San Antonio, TX 78216.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Brookdale Castle Hills, St Francis Nursing Home, and Compassus Hospice. A special thank you to all for the love and care given to Helen.

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  • Blessed Sacrament Altar Society, 600 Oblate, San Antonio, TX 78216

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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